The following is from E.F. Hollibaugh's BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF CLOUD COUNTY, KANSAS, page 556-557:
"Mr. and Mrs. Smail are the parents of four children: Minnie, wife of James Cobb, a farmer near Glasco; Nellie, an excellent dressmaker; Ida, wife of John Teasley, a farmer near Glasco, and Frank, who is interested in farming."
I forget when the book was compiled (1931 I think), but this sketch was written after April 1901.It says of Mrs. Vallie Hutton Smail:"Her mother died April, 1901, at the age of eighty years."
Whoever wrote the sketch was apparently not interested in adopted children.
George Washington Smail married Valeria M. Hutton on 8 Mar 1866 in Washington Co, Iowa.The 1870 census of Drakesville, Davis Co, OH lists the family as:
George W. Smail, 26 PA
Valley M. Smail, 22 OH
Minnie H. Smail, 2, IA
The 1875 census of Meredith, Cloud Co, KS lists them as:
George W. Smail, 31 PA
Vallie Smail, 26 OH
Minnie Smail, 6 IA
Nellie W. Smail, 4 IA
Ida M. Smail, 9 months KS
The 1880 census of Solomon Twp, Cloud Co, KS:
George W. Smail, 36 PA
Valie M. Smail, 32 OH wife
Minnie H. Smail, 11 IA dau
Nellie W. Smail, 8 IA dau
Ida Smail, 5 KS dau
Frank Smail, 5 months KS son
I don't seem to have the 1885 KS census.
The 1895 census of Glasco, Cloud Co, KS:
George W. Smail, 51 PA farmer
V.M. Smail, 47 OH
Nellie Smail, 23 IA dressmaker
I.L. Smail, 20 KS teacher
Frank Smail, 14 KS
1900 census of Glasco, Solomon Twp, Cloud Co, KS:
G.W. Smail, 56 (Sep 1843) PA, m 34 yrs.
Vallie Smail, 52 (Aug 1847) OH, 4 children all living
Nellie Smail, 29 (Jan 1871) IA, dau, single, dressmaker
Frank Smail, 20 (Jan 1880) KS, son, single, day laborer
Cora Smail, 1 (Jun 1898) KS father PA mother OH, daughter
Eliza A. Hutton, 69 (Dec 1830) OH, mother, 5 ch 3 living
The 1910 census of Solomon Twp, Cloud Co, KS, is hard to read, but this is what I get out of it:
George W. Smail, 66 PA, m 43 yr
Vallie M. Smail, 62 OH, m 43 yr, 4 ch all living
Louise Smail, 11 KS, adopted daughter
George W. Smail's pension application was dated 5 Apr 1915, filled out and signed by George W. Smail.He says that "We are still enjoying very good health, will soon be 50 years living together, 5 children."In answer to the question, "Are you now living with your wife, or has there been a separation?"he responded, "living together as we ought to."Where the form says, "State the names and dates of birth of all your children, living or dead," he wrote:
Minnie H. born Oct 11 1868
Nellie W. born Jan 21 1870
Ida L. born July 27 1874
Frank G. born Jan 27 1880
Louise born June 6 1900
An article from GLASCO SUN, 9 Mar 1916,entitled "Celebrated Golden Wedding" mentions five children but names only four:
"Five children have been born to this union all of whom were present at the anniversary except one daughter, mrs. Teasley, who was detained at home on account of sickness.The children are Minnie H. Cobb, Manhattan; Nellie Lyon, Randolph; Ida L. Teasley, Colwell; Frank G. Smail, Glasco.Twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren were also present."
The obituary of George Washington Smail says:
"He leaves to mourn his loss a devoted wife and five children:Mrs. Minnie Cobb of Manhattan, Kansas; Lucille Teasley of Natoma; Mrs. Nellie Lyon, Frank and Louise Smail of Glasco."
The obituary of V.M. Smail says:
"She leaves to mourn their loss five children:Mrs. Minni Cobb, Manhattan, Kansas; Mrs. Lucille Teasley, Natoma, Kansas; Mrs. Nellie Lyon, Frank and Louise Smail of Glasco; 11 grandchildren and other relatives and a host of friends."
My mother's record of this family has:
1. Minnie H. Smail, born 11 Oct 1868 IA, m James Cobb, died 21 Aug 1889.
2. Nellie W. Smail, born 21 Jan 1870 IA, m ___ Lyon, died 1950.
3. Ida Lucille Smail, born 23 Jul 1875 [should be 27 Jul 1875] Glasco, Cloud, KS, m 29 Jan 1900 John Wesley Teasley, died 28 Nov 1951.
4. Frank Garfield Smail, born 27 Jan 1880 Glasco, Cloud, KS, m 6 Jul 1908 Mary A. Romeiser, died 23 Mar 1940.
5. Louise Smail, born 6 Jun 1900, m J. Newkirk.
I believe that Louise and Cora are the same person.It seems to me that Jun 1898 would be more accurate than 6 Jun 1900.The 1900 date is from the pension application, filled out in 1915.The census was on 5 Jun 1900.If the girl had been born 6 Jun 1900, she would not have been on the census -- much less given the age of one year.Perhaps her full name was Cora Louise Smail.All I know about her is that she married a J. Newkirk.
I find it unlikely that Cora and Louise were two separate people.Vallie Smail was said to have had only four children in the 1900 and 1910 census records.G.W. Smail did not remember a separate Cora in his pension application, only 15 years later.Still, I suppose it is possible that Cora was ALMOST adopted when the 1900 census was taken, but the adoption fell through, and Louise was adopted later.
Maybe we could find out more about Cora/Louise by contacting any descendants she might have had -- probably Newkirks in central Kansas.
You asked specifically about Nellie.All I knew before you told me the name of Frank Cardinal Lyon, is what was in my mother's record.
What more can you tell me about the family and descendants of Nellie and Frank?